HLOBI ON VERGE OF JOINING PARLY
FORMER Minister Hlobisile Ndlovu is on the verge of joining Parliament once again.
Ndlovu has been nominated by the House of Assembly to join the Parliamentary Service Board (PSB). The nominations took place yesterday in the House of Assembly. Hlobi was nominated together with Mhlume MP Victor Malambe.
However, it must be noted though that Ndlovu has to go through a step in order to join the board. She has to go past former Senator Menjeni Mahlalela before getting into the committee. Mahlalela was nominated from the Senate. He was nominated with Senators Prince Mphatfwa, Princess Ntfombiyenkhosi and Isaac Magagula. This was after Senators Prince Magudvulela and Tony Sibandze declined nominations.
According to Section 131 (3) of the Constitution, the PSB shall be responsible for the proper and effective administration of Parliament. Subsection (4) says, “The Parliamentary Service Board may make regulations, prescribe terms and conditions of service of the parliamentary service staff with the approval of the Joint House Committee and do anything necessary for the efficient administration of the parliamentary service.”
The House of Assembly proposed four MPs for nomination yesterday. They included MPs Victor Malambe (Mhlume), Roy Fanourakis (Mtfongwaneni), Prince Kusa, and Philemon Vulimpompi Nhleko (Nkwene). Malambe managed to beat the three other MPs, as he was nominated by 39 of his colleagues. He was followed by Prince Kusa, who got 20 nominations. Fanourakis got four, while Nhleko got only one. The MPs also proposed eight former MPs. HlobisileNdlovu (Pigg’s Peak), Sikhumbuzo Dlamini (Nkwene), Trusty Gina (Nkilongo), Wilson Ntshangase (Shiselweni I), Sivumelwano Nxumalo (Sigwe), Wiseman Ntshingila (Lugongolweni), Patrick ‘Pha’ Motsa (Mangcongco) and Owen Nxumalo (Manzini South). Under this category, Ndlovu emerged a winner with 38 nominations and that was how she was nominated. She was followed by Dlamini (Sikhumbuzo) with 20 nominations and Gina came third with two nominations. Nxumalo, Ntshangase, Ntshingila and Motsa came fourth with one nomination each. Nxumalo was the last and he was not nominated by any of the MPs. This means the House of Assembly has produced two candidates to compete for the positions available at the PSB and the Senate has produced four candidates. The six candidates will battle it out during the voting before the Joint House Committee, where they will be fighting for three available vacancies. The date of the voting is not yet confirmed by the office of the Clerk t o Parliament.
NEVER GIVE-UP: Former Minister Hlobisile Ndlovu.